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Big Ten Power Poll—Week 10

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Things are starting to shake out...

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Ohio State
The Buckeyes made a claim for the top spot....but not yet
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After Week 10 we are starting to see how things well break down. The next three weeks will end up being a playoff on its own as both the west and east will eliminate teams one by one. Here is how I rank the teams after Week 10.

Big Ten East

#1 Michigan Wolverines (LW #1)

They let Maryland score three points. Shame. In cruise control until the last game of the season. They might beat Iowa by 50.

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes (LW#2)

They are #2, but really they are probably #1b. Nebraska was supposed to be a good team and the Buckeyes just beat them by 59 freaking points. They now get Maryland this week....its going to be just a bloodbath.

#3 Penn State Nittany Lions (LW #3)

Penn State took Iowa out to the woodshed and just demolished them. How Minnesota almost beat this team might be as much of a mystery at the end of the season as how Donald Trump will be our next President. The Nittany Lions go to Indiana in what has to be a bit of a trap game.

#4 Indiana Hoosiers (LW #4)

Indiana barely beat Rutgers. Yeah thats all I got. The rest of the east is pure garbage. Penn State comes to town...can the Hoosiers pull off the upset?

#5 Maryland Terrapins (LW #5)

#5 completely by default. You only lost by 56 to Michigan. Guessing OSU makes it even worse.

#6 Michigan State Spartans (LW #6)

I’ll leave them at 6 because I don’t even know how to judge who is the biggest garbage fire right now. Luckily they will decide for me on Saturday.

#7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (LW #7)

Same as above, but #7 for this week.

Big Ten West

#1 Wisconsin Badgers (LW #1)

With a win over Northwestern last Saturday, Wisconsin seems to be on their way to Indy unless they drop a shocking game to a very weak opponent...or Minnnesota finally summons the ghost of Rhys Lloyd. I don’t feel confident in any of the three. Illinois is the first...test?

#2 Nebraska Cornhuskers (LW #2)

Nebraska got absolutely destroyed by the Buckeyes...but probably has enough oomph to stay at #2 here after Northwestern’s loss. The Gophers come to town in what is a must win for either team to have any chance of going to Indy.

#3 Northwestern Wildcats (LW #3)

Northwestern played the Badgers tough, but not tough enough to get the win at home. The cats go to Purdue on Saturday in what should be a fairly easy win setting up a huge game against the Gophers the week after.

#4 Minnesota Gophers (LW #4)

The Gophers looked horrific in the first half, but once again pulled it together to beat Purdue. The Gophers are a team thats hard to get a handle on...but we will get a much better idea after Saturday night’s game in Lincoln.

#5 Iowa Hawkeyes (LW # 5)

Iowa’s special season sure seems like a long time ago doesn’t it. Penn State put the boom down last week, and now Michigan gets to put the Hawkeyes out of their misery Saturday night.

#6 Illinois Fighting Illini (LW #7)

A year ago saying Illinois had beaten Michigan State would have gotten tons of national press. Now...just a shrug. Their reward? A trip to Madison. Yeesh.

#7 Purdue Boilermakers (LW #6)

Purdue seems to be decent for 30 minutes. Then the team forgets they have to play the second half too. Guessing we see more of the same against Northwestern.

My Rank 1-14

  1. Michigan Wolverines (LW #1)
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (LW #2)
  3. Wisconsin Badgers (LW #3)
  4. Penn State Nittany Lions (LW #5)
  5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (LW #4)
  6. Northwestern Wildcats (LW #6)
  7. Minnesota Gophers (LW #7)
  8. Iowa Hawkeyes (LW #8)
  9. Indiana Hoosiers (LW #9)
  10. Illinois Fighting Illini (LW #13)
  11. Purdue Boilermakers (LW #11)
  12. Maryland Terrapins (LW # 10)
  13. Michigan State Spartans (LW #12)
  14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (LW #14)